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as the shock begins to wear off, the magnitude sets in. i'm ali velshi in joplin, missouri, at the site of the single deadliest tornadoes in decades. more tornados are expected today and this devastated town could be a target. i'm chris tooen romans in new york a six-mile stretch of unimaginable destruction in joplin. hundreds, perhaps thousands. search and rescue teams forced to battle extreme weather and they're still trying to find more survivors. i'm kiran chetry. in the midst of the mayhem and misery in joplin, there is hope. they found 17 people and rescued them from the rubble already and so many more who survived a brush with death and lived to tell about it on this "american morning." and good morning to you.
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it is tuesday, may 24th. we're getting a much better picture of the scope of the disaster that we're talking about in joplin, missouri, today where our ali velshi is. >> good morning. what are you seeing there? >> good morning, kiran, christine. i wish i could tell you it's a good morning in joplin. it simply isn't. over my shoulder you can see the remains of the medical center which in this vast area is really the only building of significance that is still standing. let's begin this morning with some breaking news, however. president obama in london this morning, is announcing that he will be coming here. he will be visiting joplin this sunday as soon as he gets back from his european trip. the president says he wants the folks here to know the government will do absolutely everything they can to make sure that there's recovery here. 30% of joplin is gone. it's decimated. right now hundreds of police, fire fighters, national guardsmen, other volunteers are searching for survivors along
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this path of -- i can't describe it as anything other than utter devastation. take a look at the enormous beast of a tornado that pulverized this town on sunday night. >> oh! >> 2,000 homes and buildings flattened. there is no way to know how many people may be buried dead or alive. the smell of gas is everywhere in this town. the danger far from over because severe weather is still in the forecast here with a 45% chance of more tornadoes in the area today. here's the latest. right now the death toll stands at 116. officials fear that number is going to climb. according to the national weather service initial reports show the tornado was an ef-4 with wind speeds between 190 and 198 miles per hour.
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now this massive tornado was three quarters of a mile wide. it stayed on the ground long enough to carve a six-mile scar through the heart of this heavily populated area. even though we still don't have a final number on fatalities, the national weather service says this was the single deadliest tornado since 1950, the year they began keeping records. and around me you're looking at pictures from when the sun was up yesterday, the sun still some time from coming up. the pictures haven't changed. debris, personal belongings, and many cases belongings from miles and miles away. determined search and rescue teams are trying to find survivors this morning. they're all over. the stormy weather overnight has really slowed things down. 17 people, however, were found alive in the wreckage that stretches for miles around me. casey wian has been following that for us, including one of the survivor's pulled from that building over there, a solid multi story building that has
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you can't imagine the damage that's been done to it. tell us the story of the survivor. >> absolutely. when we were here yesterday we spent time with survivors picking through the rubble, search and rescue crews and one man we met outside of a home depot that was flattened was working in that building when the tornado hit and let's listen to what he had to say. >> the winds were so strong it made my ears pop. i mean my ears kept popping. the force, you know, the suction of it, literally lifted up the ceiling and dropped it back down on us. >> you know, it's really incredible, ali, when you see a few hours after devastation like this, people picking through rubble like we're seeing behind us, just trying to salvage anything they can from their lives. part of our day yesterday as i mentioned, spent with search and rescue crews combing throughout this city, thousands of them from several states. they've had some successes as you mentioned. they pulled 17 people alive from these crumbled buildings. we met one young woman outside
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that home depot yesterday. she feared her father and her uncle were actually still in that building, perhaps dead. she was in tears. the search and rescue crews immediately went in. we do know they pulled one survivor out of that building. we do know there were three fatalities. we don't know if that girl's family members were dead or alive. the search effort has been hampered by the fact there's still power lines down throughout the city, there is still gas, the smell of gas throughout the city. >> yep. >> and the fact that the weather has been so bad. we've got a break but as you mentioned it's going to get worse this afternoon. >> this is as pleasant as it's been, but it's still hampering. we're going to be speaking to another family with a young, young child, saved but for the grace of god. we'll be covering more of that. right back to you guys in the newsroom. >> in the midst you still hear these miracles, tales of triumph over adversity. >> we're hoping we hear a lot
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nor stories today. people are still trapped in the rubble of those flattened buildings and they're hoping to find more survivors. rob marciano is here with us in new york. rob, yesterday the search and rescue folks had a couple lightning strikes and bad weather yesterday and could get hit again today. >> this is not the perfect weather for doing what they're doing right now, which is trying to save lives and dig through dangerous territory. we had almost two inches of rainfall since the tornado came through. a lot of times when a tornado comes through, with a cold front, the weather clears out and at least it's dry. and not windy. but yesterday they had wind, rain, they had thunder and lightning and now we have flash flood warning out for joplin proper, that's the red highlighted counties there. we don't expect to see a whole lot of rain in the next few hours, but later on today we expect things to ramp up. here's the rainfall, the bulk of it, a couple rain showers should miss joplin proper. this is moving to the east. folks on the east coast are
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going to be under the gun for severe weather today too. back through nashville, ten vi, through across the appalachians, fairly quiet across the northeast right now, but very juicy, a lot of moisture in the atmosphere and a pretty wide swath of real estate that has the potential for seeing severe weather throughout the day today. let's look at the severe weather risk all the way from new york back through the midwest. severe thunderstorms are possible. it will be warm and steamy south of this front. but where the bull's eye is going to be, is going to be across what's traditionally tornado alley, which is just to the west of joplin proper. a high risk of severe thunderstorms today. we will see thunderstorms that produce tornadoes today. some of those tornados will be violent. it's a matter of where in that shaded area they develop. looks like oklahoma city up through tulsa. notice the shaded area does get to just to the west of joplin. that means joplin tonight will be under the gun for severe weather potentially. here's what we normally expect as far as the severe weather season is concerned. march through may, we saw that
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this year as far as tornadoes across the southeast. we start to lift it with the jet stream as it migrates to the north. april and may, may especially a i cross the areas we're concerned with today and to the north as well. we talk about this ef scale, highlight how that breaks down, an ef-4 tornado, that means that winds are estimated to be 166 up to 200 miles an hour. this tornado on the higher end of that, ef-5, over 200 miles an hour. you get to those ranges and it really doesn't mean a whole lot. we're talking about substantial structures and infrastructure that has been completely wiped out in many cases. we don't get many of these ef-4s and ef-5s especially on the higher end. >> that is what you said hit tuscaloosa, alabama, last month. >> similar in strength and size, on the ground six to seven miles and we're seeing that in the damaged path and pictures. >> ali said it's like a moon scape there. the pictures don't even really give you the full sense of what
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it feels like because there's just piles of cars and rubble and flattened buildings just really difficult. >> and when i was down in tuscaloosa and birmingham, that's exactly the way to describe it. it looks like a moonscape. there's vegetation and buildings that used to be there and are not. you feel like you're in a completely different part of the world because that part of the world should have vegetation, should have trees and it doesn't. >> trying to tell people where to meet us for our live shot location, there are no street signs. you have to feel your way and might not be where you thought. it's a really interesting even the markers of the town. >> it's surreal. >> one other note to reiterate, when they say there's a 45% chance of another tornado outbreak and you said it's in the evening, 4:00 p.m. to midnight, what does that mean? it makes it sound like there's a 50/50 shot it could happen again today. >> within that area. not in that particular point. so for joplin to get hit again with a tornado that would be extremely rare.
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but there will be thunderstorms that produce tornadoes around that area and you remember, with only being three quarters of a mile wide the odds of any town getting hit across the country are small. that's the reason cities don't get hit. we're a dot on the map. it's just a matter of luck or in this case bad luck. >> all right. rob marciano, thanks. talk to you soon on this. a lot of people are wondering what they can do. you see these disasters like we saw last month and like with the colossal flooding taking place, we want you to know we're trying to help facilitate. help the tornado victims in joplin going to cnn.com/impact. you will find organizations, american red cross, salvation army and others pitching in to try to help the people now suffering. it's at cnn.com/impact. new this morning, mandatory evacuations in butte la rose, louisiana. efforts to divert the swollen mississippi river could cause
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more than $2 billion in damages according to a new study, more than 21,000 homes are at risk at being -- of being flooded. flights across europe are being canceled. they were concerned this would happen and, indeed, it is happening because of the volcanic ash from iceland drifting toward britain. scotland grounding all flights today and britain is cutting service to and from scott land because of the ash. the plume affecting president obama's week-long tour of europe. he was forced to take an earlier flight out of ireland because of it. the volcano started erupting on saturday. israel's prime minister taking aim at president obama's plan for peace negotiations with palestinians. in a speech to the american israel public affairs committee, ben ja nin netanyahu says his country will not return to the boundaries it had before 1967. he called it indefensible. but he says he's eager to reach a peace deal. he will outline a plan before congress today. cnn will be covering the prime
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minister's speech on the middle east speech process. join in the conversation through i-report and twitter as well. nato launching more than a dozen air strikes on the libyan capital this morning. heavy smoke blanketing tripoli. the air strikes targeted a compound for forces loyal to moammar gadhafi. officials say the attack is one of the heaviest they've seen of the nato missions since it began more than two months ago. right now reports are at least three people dead and more than 150 others injured. new revelations this morning in the case against the former head of the imf. it's being reported that dna from dominique strauss-kahn matches that of the clothing on the clothing of a hotel maid and police are testing more dna found at the scene. strauss-kahn is accused of sexually assaulting the woman at a swanky new york hotel last weekend. right now he's released on bail. go back now to joplin, missouri, where ali is following our big story this morning. the survivors, search and rescue in the joplin disaster. a
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ali? >> when i checked into my hotel yesterday, by the way, the woman who checked me in when she came back here, she lives here, she couldn't find her street because there are no signs and there's a gas station on the corner and the gas station wasn't there. that's the kind of devastation. imagine how it feels to have lived through that. in a moment i'm going to bring you a toddler, 21-year-old boy, and his parents, imagine what it felt like to have to protect that boy's life through this tornado. a remarkable compelling story. i'll have that as our continuing live coverage from joplin turns up on the other side of the break. stay with us. ♪ [ male announcer ] in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people
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because you were blocking him, holding on to the toilet with nolan between you and the toilet. tell me the story, rachel. >> yes. we had a few minutes warning. i've never taken any of the warnings seriously but something snapped in me and i put blankets and pillows in the bathroom. we were running to the bathroom. you could hear the home shaking. everything busting out. we got down. he was between me -- zach was hunched over us and we were just you know, praying, screaming and, you know, very cloud and it all happened so fast. it seemed like forever but it happened very fast. >> zach, nolan was the closest to the toilet, rachel was there and you were trying to protect them both. what were you feeling? were things hitting you? you were in the bathroom. went into the bathroom. what were you feeling? >> as soon as i shut the door we immediately felt the wind blow out the windows and start swooping underneath the door and insulation and glass was beating us on our backs.
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she said, i have my legs wrapped around the toilet, i said my arms wrapped around you and the toilet. she was praying and screaming and he was crying and five minutes later, you could see daylight coming th in the ceiling was almost over but we just had to hang on. >> and then when he went to open the bathroom door, this was the most amazing thing, you open the bathroom door and what was outside? >> the sky. that's all that was left. i begged him not to open the door. i was afraid it wasn't over. but it was all you saw was for blocks, so we're -- >> you're over there. you're about a mile and a half away and you can see us from there now? that wasn't the case. >> we can see further than here, clear across town it seems like. it goes on forever. >> what happens now? >> now we've had a tremendous support system. our employers, friends and
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family have been more than helpful and we move on and rebuild. we just start another life. we started a new life. this is my child and my fiancee and we hope that things can only get better from here. >> i think that's probably the case. how is he doing? nolan, how are you doing? >> can you say hi? >> how has he been since yesterday? >> he's been a little startled. we're having to drive across town to take a shower. the gas isn't working. we're driving in the car and he's screaming, crying. i don't think he has any concept of what really happened but he knows something very traumatic happened and the lightning and stuff is scaring him now, which never happened before. but we're alive and healthy, that's all that matters. we can get past this. we had guardian angels for sure over us and we're the only room we were in was standing. somebody was watching us. >> let's hope there are lucky stories. we're still looking for a lot of people, but keep the faith up. thanks to both of you, rachel
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and zach and nolan. goo good to see you, buddy. i'm glad you're safe. there are some hopeful stories here. >> thank, ali. so nice to see the mom laugh just for a brief moment, a smile on nolan's face. kids are resilient. it's going to be a tough few days. >> you think how lucky you are, everybody is together. >> there's instincts to go into the bathroom and hold on to the plumbing. rob was telling us that's a good instinct to have. only thing standing the tub, toilet in that little room when everything is gone. >> other stories we've been following including the president is in europe. >> that's right. >> and he's going to be meeting the duchess and duke of cambridge today. that will be interesting. if you own an iphone or ipad, could at&t be overcharging you for your data usage. also choose your college major carefully, folks. which college grads are making the big bucks right now and which ones never stand a chance of repaying their loans.
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president obama in london this morning, just announcing he's going to visit joplin, missouri, this sunday as soon as he gets back from his european trip. he wants the folks to know around here that the government will do everything it can to make sure this area recovers a day and a half after the deadliest u.s. tornado on record ripped through the heart of this town, joplin, missouri.
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it's bracing for more extreme weather with the possibility of more tornadoes in the forecast. now, take a look. take a look and listen to this monster tornado that flattened a six-mile stretch of this city on sunday night. >> oh! we got lightning! >> it's getting big, big. >> wind speeds were clocked up to 198 miles an hour. 116 people now confirmed -- say that's going to -- the sun will be rising here shortly and the search and rescue efforts are going to continue. 2,000 homes and buildings around where i'm standing have been destroyed or damaged in joplin. hundreds of fire fighters, police and national guardsmen are going block by block trying to find survivors. 17 people have already been rescued, but thunderstorms and lightning throughout yesterday afternoon and evening into the night have been making that
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rescue very tough. now right around you get some sense of the picture. it is utter devastation. as it starts to light up, it's not enough to see, but you're looking at the medical center, that's just over there to my left. and it is the only standing structure and it is damaged quite a bit. you will see this in the picture right now. between here and there, is just a field of devastation. broken trees, absolute destroyed houses, and everything you see between the medical center and where we are right now, piles of cars and debris. this is very -- making it very difficult to search for survivors although they believe there are probably survivors and more fatalities in and amongst everything that's going on around here. let's talk about what happened yesterday. there was a home depot that was in the direct line of this tornado. i want to bring in jacqui jeras, cnn's jacqui jeras, she was there, watching what was going on. set the scene for us. what happened, jacqui? >> if you've seen some of the pictures, i think we have some
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we can roll them for you and see the home depot. it's flattened, nothing left. it's amazing that some people actually survived during this situation. we talk about safe places to be during tornadoes and a building like that, these home improvement stores, have these long span roofs and so it's actually a very dangerous place to be during a tornado. seven people were rescued yesterday. a couple of them were from that home depot. out of the 17 total that we were talking about rescued out of home depot some of those people were in there for, you know, a good 12 hours or so. and you also mentioned if you remember in alabama, the tornado that touched down there, some people took refuge into the home depot and those survived. it's amazing to think a similar type of intensity tornado, some people it worked out for them in alabama and this time, you know, there some fatalities in that store as well. >> we talk about where you should go, what you should do. you heard me talk to rachel and zach with their baby and they
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were in the bathroom around the toilet. when you look at this, it will become evident to our viewers as the sun comes up, hard to believe you could have attached yourself to anything. >> you have to be underground to survive something like this. as you look through this area, i've been to the scene of many tornadoes and seen a lot of video and this is the first time i personally at least have witnessed this most destruction for this long. we drove down this main strip and street and this is six miles this tornado just chewed up and ripped up absolutely everything. i mean things are leveled, the slates are clean. i mean this is the one -- >> this is the thing behind. there's nothing else here. cars are mangled like you might have take an can of coke and crumpled it. >> one car wrapped around a tree you couldn't tell it was a car. i was in front of the hospital yesterday and there was a vehicle that the -- siding, what do you call the side of the car, the fenders and stuff, was
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ripped off around the car. it was crushed. the smell of gas from the vehicles because so many cars have been affected. we also, by the way, on our way in this morning, another natural gas leak. we could smell that. so the conditions that the workers here trying to rescue these people are really it terrible. i mean it was pouring rain. >> this is a break. this is beautiful compared to what it's been. >> huge. >> it was torrential last night into this is going to help people to see the moon this morning is a great sight. it was constant rain all day, thunder, lightning, there was hail yesterday, and the rain was coming down so hard our tent collapsed. it was extremely heavy. there's flash flooding. intersections are blocked off because the water is covering the roads there. this is another hazard the people are dealing with. we saw about 10, 11 emergency workers, there was a woman who they thought was trapped in her house, they couldn't find her, and they were there for hours in the pouring rain to the point i didn't want to get out of my car, that's how heavy the rain was and here these people are working in the terrible
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conditions. it's chilly, maybe 60 degrees here. the wind has been gusting. that makes it tough. and you do worry about some of the victims that might still be trapped because you start worrying about hypothermia and that stuff. >> even through that last night we saw people still working to get them out. they are not stopping. they're working very hard. jacqui, thanks very much. kiran, christine? >> thanks, guys. so you know we talked -- they were talking about the chilling conditions still happening as they try to go door to door and rescue people. and it looks like they're bracing for the possibility of more severe weather today. rob marciano following all of that for us. it's the last thing they need as they're trying to at least find survivors and then think about putting the town back together. >> yeah. i don't think the severe will come until tonight. nonetheless, what they had last night, was just horrible as far as the rain and thunder and lightning jacqui was talking about. it's chilly there. typically when a tornado outbreak happens it's associated with the cold front that comes in and basically clears the atmosphere out and we have calm, dry weather after that. but this is not the case with
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this storm. and we're kind of re-setting the atmosphere today. the front has kind of stalled along this area so the threat for showers and thunderstorms persist. from springfield back to tulsa we're dry at least for now. that shower going to move north of ft. smith will miss for the most part joplin. there's a little radar action behind me and to the north and east. we're expanding the scope of where we will see the threat for severe weather today. thunderstorms rolling through nashville up through lexington, getting across parts of west virginia and up into the i-95 corridor. this area as well will see the threat for seeing severe weather. another pulse of energy that will develop into a low pressure system through the plains. this is just, you know, about 48 hours after the last one came through and this one will have punch with it as well. we've highlighted that in the way of some pinks on the map there. high risk of seeing severe weather in this area later on today. the storm's prediction center indicated that from oklahoma city through wichita.
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that pink area means that there's a 30% chance of seeing a tornado touch down within 25 miles of any point in that area. that's a big deal. notice that joplin is around the 10 to 15% mark, moderate to slight risk. through new york, d.c., boston, this is a very soupy atmosphere. that is where the stalled stationary boundary is and thunderstorms will fire up again and some will be potentially severe. on to the next graphic, high temperatures for today, kind of toasty in memphis. muggy and 82 as far north as new york city. that's where you get fuel for the fire there and then 92 degrees in dallas. we didn't have the cold front come through and blast all that heat and humidity out. that's why we have the thunderstorms. as far as frequency of tornadoes that we typically see month to month, may usually the big month. that's a scary thought considering what we had during the month of april. april this year was an anomaly as far as the record setter, but may is typically the highest month and then june is actually the second highest as far as the number of tornados that we
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typically see. luckily we've gotten to the first couple weeks of may we're slow, but obviously now we're in very active pattern and doesn't look like it's ending. really unusual to see. >> as you point out, just the nature of where it hit, in these city centers in the busiest part of the city of 50,000, joplin. >> we saw that in tulsa. you know. a lot of times they'll go north of the city like we saw in birmingham, in the northern suburbs, but right through tuscaloosa and then right through joplin. to have that not only in -- happen in and then in the same area twice. >> it's very sad. >> thanks so much. 17 people as we've been talking about have been rescued already and rescuers are still going block by block this morning, checking structures for survivor survivors. still no clear sense of how many people may be trapped. >> one of those still unaccounted for is 18-year-old will norton. he was driving home from his high school graduation with his
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dad. when the storm hit. will's dad was hurt in stable condition. will, according to his family, was sucked through the sun roof of his hummer, which you can see right there. will's family spoke to anderson cooper last night. >> i was riding with my mom and we were in a separate car and about 30 seconds in front of them, one blocked. we pulled into the garage, trees started blowing in. immediately got our dog and went to the basement. my dad called and said open the garage door. he didn't know it was so serious. i heard him say, pull over, will. they started flipping. and praying. >> they were in a hummer? >> in a hummer h3. >> what happened to will? >> well, my dad said -- when my dad gained consciousness he said that he saw my brother, his seat belt snapped and he was ejected through the sun roof. >> ripped through the sun roof. >> that's what my dad says, yeah. >> how is your dad? >> he's in stable condition, broken bones and he got 20 staples in his head but he's stable, thank goodness we found him.
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>> high school graduation one minute and then searching for your brother the next. the the family's set up this facebook page to help find will. they tell handerson they got word will was taken to a hospital alive but the hospital transferred will and they're not sure where he went. they have hope, kiran, that he is alive, but again, sucked out of the sun roof of the car and his mom and sister got into the garage and are fine. the dad has -- is in stable condition with broken bones. >> it's amazing to know -- they know that will is alive and they know that he's at a hospital but haven't been able to figure out where that is. a lot is because of the limited phone service. what's playing a crucial role are the social websites, important way tofor people to connect and give out information. this one here is the joplin, missouri, tornado survivor's home page. on it you can find out information on how to help victims. there are other people who have been writing in. words of support, delia from los
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angeles offering prayers. others, a new york schoolteacher, jonathan. and people offering help any way. they don't know what it is they can do to help but they want to let them know they're supporting. another one that people have been using is the survivor's page. this is joplin, missouri, tornado survivor page. where people can say things how can i check on the state of st. john's medical center. has baby sky her been found? somebody inquiring about that. syria waters writing in no, three hours ago. there are many others talking ability who they're looking for, where they were, looking for randy, his truck was found at home depot. please call with a phone number. this is when it gets heartbreaking knowing these people still have no information on where their loved ones may be and they're reaching out on social networking sites to try to find out. another one, because in some of these cases and we can still hold out hope that perhaps people are alive, just can't reach their loved ones, this is
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where the american red cross site comes in. this is called the safe and well site. what you basically do is you register yourself. we saw this after katrina and other natural disasters. safe and well, click list myself as safe as well button here it is and register on the site. then others can come to the site, concerned family members can search the list, search registrants right here to find out how you locate a loved one. if you live in joplin let folks know you're okay. this is proving to be a key site as well. national guard, mobilizing the social networking trying to find ways to help people out. they're giving the latest information, many cases people need to know where to go, where they can find vital services that they need. this is the national guard site as well. we're going to link these with our home page. finally our impact your world site. this is for people who feel helpless, who want to know what it is they can do. this is cnn.com's impact your world. you can find out more about the story, victims and scroll through this list here of
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organizations that are taking donations to try to help people who are struggling and hurting so much in the wake of this disaster in joplin. >> meantime the president this morning is in london for a state visit. he says his thoughts and prayers are with the people in joplin and that he will make a visit there as soon as he's back from his european tour. this morning he's going to meet the queen at buckingham palace in the next hour. also, the armored secret service limo, nicknamed the beast, this is what the president rides in, it's got bulletproof bells and whistles, but a little trouble getting out of the driveway at the u.s. embassy in dublin. the beast, stopped in its tracks. we'll have more after the break. [ male announcer ] in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call
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we heard from ali he's planning to make a stop in joplin, missouri, to visit survivors and view for himself the devastation. i believe that's going to be taking place on sunday. this morning he's in london, the second stop on his six-day, four-nation tour of europe. >> he's scheduled to meet the queen at buckingham palace about 40 minutes from now. zain verjee is live in london. we're getting word the president will meet with the duke and duchess of cambridge, also known as will and kate. hi, zain. >> hey, guys. good morning. he is -- today is kind of like the fun day before they get into the heavy duty politics and serious stuff on wednesday. he's going to be there, he's expected by car in the next ten minutes or so. there's going to be a ceremonial welcome, a gun salute, an honor guard. the president and michelle obama
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will be staying at buckingham palace for two nights. they're also later today going to be going to westminster abbey and lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. there will be a state banquet, about 200 people, lucky guests, royals as well as dignitaries will be invited, and also at the palace, buckingham palace has something like 775 rooms, so the one piece of advice anyone who say stays there gets, it's really cold, bring an extra sweater. they have big heating bills over there. >> those palaces are so drafty, aren't they? >> you know, last month when we were in town for the royal wedding it was downright hot in london. that was pretty funny. the president also getting, you know, i was reading some of the tweets and they said he may be getting criticism in the u.s., but europe loves him. and they also talked about the rock star reception that the president, our president, got in ireland yesterday. >> yes. he won everybody's heart in
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ireland. as he went in search for his missing apostrophe how one newspaper put it in the uk. they loved him. he went to his great, great, great father's hometown of moneygall. he chugged a guinness. people were thrilled with that. michelle only had a half pint there. he spoke a little gaelic, gave a speech at dublin and people were thrilled. they were among the crowds and hugged people. the reception was so warm and they were just totally mobbed. >> wow. >> i like how you say chugged a pint of guinness. >> sometimes they will give the pint to a a man, half pint to a woman automatically. half pint enough for me. >> there's way more alcohol -- >> we didn't have to do that with kiran. >> yeah. i wanted to ask you about the beast. because i guess the bigger they are, the harder they get stuck. the beast, that big presidential
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limousine, snafu what happened there? >> just take a look at this video. this is kind of embarrassing, right? the beast was leaving with the motorcade and the convoy coming out of the u.s. embassy in dublin and take a look at what happens. there it goes and up the ramp and oops. stuck. it was stuck there, guys, for three hours because of that ramp. i mean this is a vehicle that has reinforced steel plating, bulletproof, bump proof, can withstand a chemical attack, missile strike and the ramp in dublin stopped it. the president wasn't in it. he just took a different route and headed to moneygall to have that pint. >> i'm sure you can see how thrilled these secret service was -- not -- and have people standing there taking the photos as it was stopped there for three hours. little embarrassing. >> yeah. very embarrassing. it was right there, front and center, so after three hours, they got a recovery truck that
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helped take it somewhere where nobody could see it and the secret service said they're going to deal with the situation. >> the beast failed in dublin. zain verjee, thank you so much. watch zain every morning at 5:00 eastern on "world one" on cnn. 51 minutes past the hour. when we come back, it happened before and it's happened again, icelandic volcano spewing ash and bringing air traffic to a halt in parts of europe. the latest on flight cancellations out of britain as well. ooh, a brainteaser.
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facing a threat, at least the area is, of more tornadoes today, a day and a half after the deadliest single twister on record killed 116 people there. the area has been described as looking like a moonscape by our reporters on the ground. search and rescue teams have already saved 17 people, but the number of dead is expected to rise. you take a look at the radar, the national weather service is saying there is a 45% chance of another tornado outbreak today. you see the areas to watch in red and orange there. five states are affected. joplin, missouri, is part of that danger zone. the biggest threat coming between 4:00 this afternoon and midnight. a volcanic eruption in iceland causing airlines to cancel flights over parts of europe.
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it's a massive cloud of ash and it's drifting toward britain today. scotland has grounded all planes today. british airports also canceling some flights. the operator of japan ace fukushima daiichi nuclear plant confirms meltdowns at two more reactors. tepco now says that fuel rods at the number 1, 2 and 3 reactors melted down early on after an earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant. they say, though, it took some time to discover that had, indeed, happened. looks like pilot error may have caused an air france jet to crash into the atlantic back in 2009. all 228 people on board were killed. according to preliminary findings from the plane's recorders, the pilots may have been distracted by a technical glitch. meanwhile, investigators say they may be able to identify two bodies that have been recovered earlier this month. and the california preacher who predicted that the world would end this past weekend, is now apologizing, but also making
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a new prediction. he says his prophecy was off by about five months. that would mean if you believe him, mark your calendars again for october 21st. you're caught up on the day's headlines. "american morning" will be back after a quick break.
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i'm ali velshi with continuing coverage from joplin, missouri, where a tornado devastated this town yesterday. the sky is clear after a heavy, heavy day of rain and thunderstorms into the night. but it's a short break for rescuers. you can see a broad swath of devastation behind me. give you a sense of what's going
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on here. the only lights you will see as the sun starts to come up are lights coming from news trucks. there's no power around here. there's some vehicles moving. that's the medical center where people were killed inside there and that's a solid structure. you'll see that in just a second. the medical center just to the right. between there and here, a few blocks distance, is a sampling of the damage and the devastation that really the best word to use is carved a six-mile path of destruction through this town. there are still searchs going on for survivors. authorities hoping there are people. they're going through every one of these houses and cars to see what story is. we'll be talking to emergency workers and the people in charge of the rescue effort in a few moments. all the day's top stories just ahead on "american morning." building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars
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♪ since the federal government began keeping records back in 1950, there has never been a single tornado in the united states that has killed so many people. 116 people confirmed dead here in joplin, missouri, and this city now faces the threat of more tornadoes on this "american morning."
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good morning. welcome to "american morning." it's tuesday, may 24th. we are following the second day now of just extreme devastation for joplin, missouri. >> also hope, though, 17 survivors found and hope today as rescuers go door to door they'll be able to rescue more people, they believe to be missing. ali velshi is there this morning in joplin, missouri. it's so devastates but when you look at the social networking sites and how many people are still looking for loved ones it's unbelievable. >> you know, it's 24 hours since the first sunrise after the tornado but it does matter. yesterday the weather was so tough, that they really -- there is hope they'll find more people today. when a tornado ripped through joplin, missouri, behind me on sunday night, no one imagined it would turn out to be the single deadliest u.s. twister in recorded history. 30% of this city is gone. hundreds of police, fire
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fighters, national guardsmen and other volunteers are fighting what was dangerous weather yesterday and last night and will be later on today searching for survivors. take a look at this monster tornado that flattened joplin. >> we got lightning. >> go back. >> it's getting big, big, big. >> that's huge. >> i have it on video. all on video. >> probably three quarts of a mile wide, at its widest, traveling six miles, perhaps, carving a path of destruction, destroying 2,000 homes and buildings. no way to know really how many people may still be buried dead or alive in this field around me. the smell of gas is everywhere from the cars that have been crumpled up like tin cans. the danger far from over because the forecast calls for a chance
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of more tornadoes with the peak threat beginning late this afternoon. right now the death toll from sunday's tornado stands at 116, but officials do believe that number is likely to go a lot higher. according to the national weather service, the twister hit joplin with wind speeds between 190 and 198 miles an hour and it was staggering. as i say it measured about three quarters of a mile wide, but it stayed on the ground long enough to carve out a six-mile gash into the heart of joplin and it really leveled everything in its way. the national oceanic and atmospheric administration, noaaa, said this is the single deadliest tornado it has recorded dating back to 1950, the year they began keeping records. now let's just take a look at what's going on around me. you can see over my shoulder. the medical center over there. casey wian was there, he was
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talking to somebody who was actually rescued. that's a solid, solid building. >> absolutely. you think a hospital is a place of safety, but yesterday or the day before yesterday, sunday night, this hospital was not. we spoke to a young man who actually was one of the survivors out of that hospital. let's listen to what he had to say. >> the winds were so strong it made my ears pop. i mean my ears kept popping. the force, you know, the suction of it, i mean literally lifted up the ceiling and dropped it back down on us. >> now, there's been a lot of concern about the amount of warning that people got. he said he did not hear any warnings until about five minutes before the tornado struck. one of the issues the weather so bad, so much hail, that people maybe couldn't hear those warnings and that was the case with him. we spent time yesterday with the search and rescue teams who have been combing through this rubble hoping to find more survivors. what a difference a day makes. i mean you look now, it's a beautiful spring day here in joplin, missouri. that was not the case yesterday.
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there was quarter-sized hail, 60-mile-an-hour winds, lightning really hampering these rescue efforts and you alluded to this, one of the unforgettable things, i'll always remember about this disaster, the smells in the area. the gasoline smell from all of these damaged vehicles, the natural gas that's still in the air and still providing a danger to some of these rescuers, and as you mentioned it's only expected to get a little more difficult later this afternoon. these search and rescue crews say they're going to keep at it until they're sure they can't find more survivors. >> if one is wondering why this is so compelling a story, fully 24 hours after the first time the sun rose yesterday after the disaster, it is because of the fact that yesterday was such a tough day because of the weather and what maybe our cameras can't capture as effectively, when you look at the remains of these houses or these cars, just all around us, they are crumpled and twisted and these rescuers have to go through every one of them. >> like nothing i've ever seen before. i've covered a lot of earthquakes being from southern
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california. this the magnitude of this destruction as far as the eye can see. yesterday we couldn't see it that well because there was so much bad weather and you're sort of stuck in the weeds. let me look at this. >> as far as the eye can see, these were all homes and trees and they're gone. they've been stripped of their vegetation. we'll continue our coverage from here. back to you, christine and kiran. >> the trees in particular, you see the twisted metal on the ground but to see the trees rising through it with no branches in some cases no leaves, just stripped of anything living. >> it looks like the aftermath of a forest fire sometimes, especially the cars as well just burned out, the gas leaks and fires. rob marciano is here with the latest this morning. a lot of people -- yesterday another day of severe weather for the area and today concerns as well. >> yeah. tonight could be really rough. the issue yesterday was how much rainfall they had and temperatures on the chilly side and it was wet and still flash flood warning out for joplin proper because of the rainfall that has fallen in the last 24 to 36 hours. since the tornado went through,
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since that time, they have had almost two inches of rainfall. so we're trying to get all that rain out of the streets and into the streams, but until 10:00 this morning, local time, flash flood warning in effect for that area and then the flash flood watch for later on today as the next round of storms begins to fire up. show you the radar, we have a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for western kansas. that is the pulse of energy that's coming out of colorado. that is the beginning surge of atmospheric juice that's going to be rolling across the tornado alley area which will include joplin proper tonight. through the afternoon from wichita back through oklahoma city, that's the area that we're going to watch to pop as far as the atmosphere is concerned. the stretch, the expanse of severe weather potential today, goes all the way to the northeast. right now we've got some thunderstorms. this popped up. didn't see this. severe thunderstorm watch in effect for parts of the tennessee valley including kentucky as that little cluster of thunderstorms, that's the leftover energy from last night that was a little bit west of the mississippi.
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that will be rolling towards the i-95 corridor as the sun heats up the ground and we get peak heating of the day we'll see thunderstorms that could become severe across the i-95 corridor. here's where we expect the highlighted storms to take shape, new england through the southern plains, the pink area is the bull's eye. here's what the prediction center is saying out of norman, oklahoma. a high risk of seeing severe thunderstorms today. a 30% chance of seeing a tornado touch down within a 25-mile radius of any one point. that's a good chance. they don't issue these very often, so this is going to be a dangerous situation later on this afternoon and tonight and again, moves to the east. here's the high temperatures for today. give you an idea of the amount of heat that's going to be building up in the matmosphere today, temperatures in the 80s and 90s and add fuel to the fire and this system after tonight presses off to the east. don't want to ignore this either. want to be on your guard tomorrow from indianapolis back through little rock, memphis,
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areas that have seen the flooding situation. tomorrow they're going to be under the gun for seeing severe weather as well. we'll keep a close eye on things over the next 48 hours. unfortunately this is not the usual case where we see a cold front come through, clear things out, and rescue workers have a good chance with good weather to work with. unfortunately, they got hit with a double whammy. >> we'll watch the danger zone today. that could be really important to watch for that part of the country. >> even gusty winds with all that debris that's lying around. 30, 40 mile an hour winds is a dangerous situation. find out how you can help the tornado victims in joplin, missouri, go to cnn.com/impact. you'll find all the organizations pitching in. cnn.com/impact. also new this morning, mandatory evacuations under way for residents in butte larose, louisiana. that's an area just 50 miles downstream from where the morganza spillway was open. efforts to divert the river could cause over $2 billion in damages. that's according to a new study that also found more than 21,000 homes are now at risk here of
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being flooded. >> that's right. more troubles because of mother nature. this one over iceland. this thick cloud of volcanic ash from the eruption saturday, moving east across europe. now they're being forced to cancel hundreds of flights as the plume drifts towards britain. this erupted on saturday and there you see in the skies right now, making air travel difficult. caution, of course, is the name of the game. some of these country deciding to go ahead and ground flights because of it. scotland made that decision. all planes grounded there. iceland's main airport has now reopened. >> the concern, of course, is ash in the airline engines. >> they're doing tests. some of the airlines are doing tests just to make sure on their planes and engines to make sure. >> that forced president obama to cut his trip to ireland short this morning. he's in london where he will get a royal welcome from the queen along with newlyweds william and catherine. new evidence against the former head of the imf, dna found on a hotel housekeeper's clothing is reported to match
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dominique strauss-kahn. according to police sources. they are also testing more dna found at the scene. strauss-kahn is charged with sexually assaulting the maid at the new york sofitel hotel. he is out on bail. we're following our top story at 11 minutes past the hour. let's check back in with ali velshi in joplin, missouri. >> we've been covering the damage down here, but what we want to understand is the recovery, the search and rescue efforts. when we come back i'm going to talk to the head of emergency management for the city of joplin and the county around here and later on in the show we're going to talk to the head of fema to understand the help that the federal government is bringing in, the struggles they're having because of the weather around here. we'll be back with our live coverage of the tornado that devastated joplin in just a moment. [ male announcer ] you've climbed a few mountains during your time.
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i'm ali velshi live in joplin, missouri. welcome back to our coverage of "american morning." 30% of this town was wiped out by the deadliest single tornado in six decades. homes and businesses completely destroyed. cars crushed, crumpled. rescue workers working into the night looking for survivors. i saw them last night, late last night, joined by keith stammer, joined us yesterday, the head of emergency management for the city of joplin and jasper county. keith, good to see you again. what a frustrating, troubling night it was for you, afternoon and night, because of the constant heavy rain, the winds and lightning. >> you said the right word, frustrating. our people are used to being outside, being in bad weather, but when you have lightning like that you cannot afford to take a chance on somebody getting hurt. >> two workers were struck? >> we had two people struck. one walked away from it, the other one still in the hospital last i heard. >> what's the state of the search and rescue effort? >> right now, we are hoping that
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by the time the sun goes down tonight, we'll be done with our primary and our secondary search and rescue effort. >> all right. what are you finding? at this point what are the numbers we've got? >> we're still at 116 people that have lost their lives. several hundred have been injured. we have approximately 1500 people that are accounted for -- unaccounted for. what that means is they've scattered. we only had 125 people in our local shelter, that's typical. 10% will seek shelter, everybody goes home, family members, hotels, that type of thing. when we open up the area and start letting them come back in, that's not happened yet, but i'm sure that number of unaccounted for will start to dwindle. >> what's the best way if somebody might be in that list, somebody is trying to locate them, what's the best way to bring that list down? if you might be one of the unaccounted for but you're around and hearing this. >> we would like you to call in and let us know you're okay. first of all call your family because they're the ones calling us. secondly if you could call our
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dispatch center and give us your name and tell us you're okay, that would be a big help. >> we've also had problems with communication around here. what's the status of communications? >> it's getting better. the major telephone companies have been in here, been very good to us, put up extra towers, communication equipment. it's spotty. particularly cell phone. most everybody is switching to the cell phones. >> tell me about the weather we're expecting today and how you're dealing with that. >> we're watching it very well, very closely. the national weather service, the springfield office has been very good to us. they were in, of course, to do the examination yesterday but they provided us with our own meteorologist 24/7 so we can stay in contact with that person and let us know what's going on. we're just very concerned about what's going to happen. >> you're trying to get as much done as you can before this afternoon's weather sets in. >> we have crews we're pushing -- with you pushed them all night and it continue to push through the day. push is not a good word. they are pushing it themselves. >> i saw it very late into the night, some of us didn't want to get out of our cars and these guys were in the streets moving
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things around and trying to do things. we wish you continued good fortune. there is good hope coming out of here. let's hope it continues. later on i'm going to be talking with fema chief craig fugate about assessing this disaster and what the federal aid is going to be and preparation for more damage to come. we're not out of the danger zone yet. we'll be right back. our continuing coverage of the tornado in missouri continues on "american morning." building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible.
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president obama has promised federal aid to help the tornado victims in missouri. >> that's right. the head of the federal emergency management agency craig fugate is coordinating the response, of course, on the ground in joplin. he's talking to us this morning
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and we're joined from joplin this morning by the city's mayor, mike woolston. thank you both for joining us this morning under, i understand, quite trying circumstances. craig, i understand you had a chance to speaks to the white house this morning. what have they pledged to do in terms of helping joplin? >> well, i talked to the president this morning. yesterday he declared this area a disaster area, adding it to the existing tornado response here in missouri. so we've activated the assistance for individuals and families who can start registering at fee may at 1-800-621 fema and emergency assistance to support the state and local response to this disaster. >> let me ask you about the scene on the ground and trying to find people in the rubble. i know that emergency response are going door to door. are you still pulling people out of this wreckage of this town alive? >> we pulled a number of people out yesterday. most of our search and rescue
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folks have tried to get some sleep last night after a very long day yesterday. we'll be back out at first light this morning, continuing the search and recovery effort. we have searched virtually every grid at least once, some as many as three times. we'll continue that effort today and probably late today make the assessment of at what point we enter the recovery mode. >> craig, this year we've seen literally disaster after disaster. it was just last month tuscaloosa, alabama, faced a tornado of this force and magnitude. you had more than 300 dead there. you had the situation that's still ongoing right now with the mississippi river and the flooding. that's on top of the snow storms and now hurricane season is around the corner. i mean how much can our federal government afford when it comes to helping with natural disasters? >> well right now, we're still focused on response. as you point out in many areas, we're it continuing to support that. again the cost of these disasters will continue to mount but our primary focus is
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supporting the initial response, helping the individuals and supporting the initial cleanups from these disasters. >> it's really just a shocking scene here. you know, as kiran said, we're on the cusp of a hurricane season. you never know really when an earthquake is going to strike. there's so many things for emergency managers, people like you to worry about. are you worried at all about a new era of fiscal austerity in this country where we might not have the money for all of this? >> no. again, this country has always come to the aid of their country and states and disasters. we'll do that in a responsible way. we can't do it by ourselves. i think the important thing, we have to do this as a team, state, local, the federal government, but also the volunteers who many of the response and efforts you're seeing at a local level are being carried out by church groups and volunteers from all walks of life helping their neighbors in this time of disaster. >> the human toll so evident. we had a chance yesterday and want to play it again for our
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viewers to get a little taste of the scale of the fear and what it was like in the heart of this tornado when it touched down. let's listen. >> jesus, jesus, jesus. jesus. >> mr. mayor, that was taken by people who smartly sought shelter inside the refrigerator of a convenient store. the store decimated in the wake of this. how does joplin put the pieces back together and recover? >> well, you just take one step at a time. we've got an overwhelming response from volunteers who want to help, overwhelming response with the donations, and it's just all of us working together as the director said. it's a team effort and through
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the team we will rebuild and recover. >> all right. craig fugate thanks so much for joining us. also mr. mayor, thank you for your time. best of luck. our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you begin the very, very hard work of picking up the pieces. thanks so much to both of you. 25 minutes past the hour. and with its virtualinstrument, sensuous leather interior and modern design, jaguar has once again raised the bar. learn more at jaguarperforms.com.
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will be able to [ inaudible ]. cnn's ed henry traveling with the president, joins us live from buckingham palace garden. good morning, ed. >> good morning. you're right. the president and first lady meeting privately with william and kate just back from the royal honeymoon. we'll get a still photo of that. they're not going to be out as part of this official ceremony that's happening behind me. you can see the honor guard and what not, getting the pipes and drums ready, all warmed up. you mentioned the lunch after the formal ceremony, they'll also be two different salutes, a 41-gun salute at a nearby park that the president should be able to hear, but then also at the tower of london, a 62-gun salute. certainly they're rolling out the red carpet. we should note after that lunch, with her majesty, the queen, the president and first lady will be heading over to 10 downing. he does have serious business to do with the prime minister, david cameron. they're going to be talking about a whole bunch of international issues, of course,
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between the u.s. and u.k. rolls in libya, the war in afghanistan. they're both trying to getting the israeli/palestinian peace process, which is off track, back on track. they'll be talking about the global economic crisis and trying to reduce budget deficits in both their nations, so that they can try to instill some confidence in the world markets. but then they're going to come back for a lavish state dinner. one royal expert saying they give you an idea of the attention to detail here that they actually take out a tape measure at buckingham palace to measure how far away the wine glasses are. if you can imagine the pressure you feel sometimes at a black tie dinner in the states, imagine being at a state dinner at buckingham palace and measuring how far the wine glasses are. the president and first lady will be sleeping at buckingham palace. the gun salute is starting, hear it behind me. they will be sleeping here at buckingham palace. they got here a little bit early because of that volcanic ash in iceland. president and first lady had to leave ireland last night and
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come to london one night early, but they stayed at the ambassador's residence. it's not like you can call ahead to buckingham palace and say we're a little early, can we drop in. >> we're looking right now at a live pictures of the queen and the president and, wow. the pomp and circumstance of a state visit, that's for sure. >> we're hearing ""the star-spangled banner."" the president and first lady have their hands over the heart, the queen standing at attention. and as we know, as you said, the pomp and circumstance taking place. always interesting in london because there is the visit to the monarchy and then, of course, there's visit to the political leaders. >> right. >> whereas ed said business needs to be done. >> no doubt about it. we're going to be seeing some of that happen. right now as you hear the national anthem behind me, pretty remarkable to be here in front of buckingham palace. you don't always get to see. this is the backside of buckingham palace. we normally see the formal front side. obviously this was front and
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center around all the ceremonies involving the royal wedding. being here now with the president and first lady, as you hear the national anthem, you hear, i mentioned there's two different gun salutes going on, 41-gun salute at a nearby park, the one the president and first lady can hear, it's close to the palace. a 62-gun salute happening at the tower of london for the rest of the city to hear. >> so for royal protocol, do they have somebody whispering into the american delegation ear about don't do this, do this, stand here. there are a lot of rules. >> absolutely. and you'll remember that there was a big to-do about, you know, about two years ago, i guess, when the president and first lady were here, for the g-20 summit and paid a call on her majesty here at buckingham palace and there had been the protocol you're not supposed to touch the queen but the first lady touched her back, as i recall. you remember that the queen then responded and embraced the first
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lady. it didn't appear she was insulted at all. people walking on egg shells. we should note that just in the last few moments, there's been a pretty heavy security presence and it's probably very hard to see, but i can tell you walking at the top of the palace behind me are several sort of members of what appear to be some sort of a s.w.a.t. team, making sure, doesn't appear there's any specific threat, but making sure with so many dignitaries out here in the open behind buckingham palace, you can imagine that the security presence is pretty intense. >> very interesting. they wrote a joint op-ed, david cameron and our president in "the times" saying ours is a not just a special relationship, but essential relationship for the rest of the world. it will be interesting to find out more about what they discussed and how that went. ed henry for us, checking back in with you, thank you so much. >> looks like another nice day in london. >> you can see the wind, the duchess of cornwall's hat was blowing around a little bit.
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a beautiful, sunny day there, very rare. we would like to see some in new york. >> that's right. we're starting to bring you the latest news out of libya as well. nato air strikes escalating in the capital. this morning more than a dozen strikes pummeled tripoli. nato officials say they were targeting a compound for forces loyal to leader moammar gadhafi. officials say it's the heaviest attack since the nato missions began more than two months ago. at least three are dead and hundreds are injured. the operator of japan's fukushima daiichi nuclear plant is now confirming that meltdowns happened at two more reactors. tepco says fuel rods at the number 1, 2, and 3 reactors melted down early on after an earthquake and tsunami crippled that plant. severe weather and now the threat of more tornadoes complicating rescue efforts in joplin, missouri, this morning. the death toll is at 116 right now and according to the national oceanic and atmospheric administration it made sunday's
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twister the single deadliest on record in the u.s. and officials expect that number to rise. 2,000 homes and businesses in joplin are damaged or destroyed. 17 survivors have already been rescued. and here is a live look right now at the radar where the national weather service says there is a chance of more tornadic activity today with joplin in the danger zone beginning later this afternoon, i believe, they said from 4:00 p.m. to midnight is when the biggest threat exists. about a 45% chance. not to hit necessarily joplin proper, but that area under the gun. >> and ali velshi is in joplin. it was a tough day for rescuers yesterday, ali, because of the rain and because of lightning. >> yeah. >> it was not a great day for search and recovery efforts and then today, now this concern later this afternoon about potentially more bad weather in the region. >> so the weather's beautiful right now, and it's a window of opportunity. we were just talking to the head of emergency management here who said he's really going to try and get as much done as they
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can, try to wrap this search and rescue up by the end of the day. you know, christine, you're from the midwest. you've heard tornado sirens, you know what it's like. sometimes as a viewer i wonder what'sing to gained from continuing to -- what's to be gained from continuing to cover these things. take a look at this damage. it's hard to comprehend. there are cars crumpled like tin cans. no foliage on any of the trees. there are no houses. these were all houses. for mileses as far as we can se these were supposed to be houses. the one building standing there is the medical center and even that is mostly destroyed. so it's hard to believe that there were survivors of this, but there were. the fact is there were survivors. 17 people were pulled from the damage and they're hoping to pull more today. but there are a lot of people who just managed to dodge the worst of it by chance. two rescuers because of the traffic, the lightning yesterday, two were struck by lightning. this is the deadliest twister on
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record in u.s. history. some joplin, missouri, residents learned that the hard way. you can't outrun it. one is with me, will lynch. will studies outside of here, at the university of missouri. will, you heard this coming, like others have told me, this is tornado alley. you're used to hearing tornado sirens. it doesn't usually get people to leave town or seek shelter. why did you? >> it got to a point where i knew i couldn't continue driving through the storm and i knew that it was time to pull over and try to seek refuge where i could. >> what did you do? you're with your girlfriend. you went to get her to get out of town. tell me what happened? >> we were on our way toward the interstate to get out of town. we got to 20th and range line. >> 20th and range line is out that way. >> about 20 blocks east of here. actually about half of the casualties were around that intersection. >> right. >> i pulled up next to a building to try to get -- the building to block the wind. i saw in front of me a blue
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dumpster move across the parking lot. >> the dumpster moved itself. the storm moved it. >> and my girlfriend was laying down on the seat. we lost our first window and i tried to hold something up to protect us from debris. eventually lost all of our windows. >> let's take a look at what's left of your struck. after everything you and i have seen around here, your struck is actually not the worst of it. but it's completely destroyed. >> the truck is gone. seeing pictures of it and looking at it right now we're lucky to be alive. >> what did you -- i mean, to see what happened to that truck you were in it. what were you feeling? >> we were scared. we were just saying prayers and trying to hope we could make it through. >> how is she doing? >> she's doing well. only about two or three cuts on her. we're both doing extremely well for what we've been through. >> with you were trying to get out of town but you told me before you came on, you're kind of glad you didn't. why? >> the town needs a lot of help right now. we need prayers, donations, volunteers and i'm glad i can be
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here to help. but i know we're a strong city, we're going to get through this and rebuild. >> turn around with me and look at this. it is hard to comprehend. i was watching this on tv before i got here and i couldn't comprehend what i'm seeing around me from the pictures. this is sort of devastation on a scale many people have never seen. does this town, how do you rebuild this? >> you know, we just have to start with getting everybody we can together, making sure everybody is accounted for and okay and working together as a community to make sure we can get through this. >> all right. i'm glad you're with us because looking at your vehicle, it's hard to believe you've made it out of there. i'm glad you are. the search and rescue does continue today. we did speaks to the head of emergency management for jasper county and joplin and he says they are going to try to take advantage of the fact that the sun is shining, it's a little warmer, going to try to get that all done today. there are about 1500 people not accounted for, but those could be people who have left town
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voluntarily. they are asking that if you are one of those people, please contact your families and try to contact emergency management here in the city. there are some cell phone problems and that continues to ham per the effort, but they're hoping that most of those people just left like will was trying to leave. it's a race to find survivors, though. missouri governor jay nixon joins us right after this break. stay with us. [ male announcer ] in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible. no matter when you get around to booking, hotels.com will have a great last minute deal waiting for you. like at the hotels.com 48 hour sale.
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we want everybody in joplin, everybody in missouri, everybody in minnesota, everybody across the midwest, to know that we are here for you. the american people are by your side. we're going to stay there until every home is repaired, until every neighborhood is rebuilt,
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until every business is back on its feet. that's my commitment and that's the american people's commitment. >> president obama is going to get a firsthand look at this devastation that i'm standing in right now when we travels to joplin, missouri, on sunday. missouri governor jay nixon has been on the ground, he's with me now. governor, you have the latest on the death toll is 116 as we know it right now. is that what you have still? >> yes. but i expect it to rise. with the number last night, we had to pull everybody off because of the lightning that hit two police officers last night, but the bottom line looks as if the numbers will continue to rise. >> tell us the update of the condition of the two workers hit. >> one is feeling pretty good. one is in the intensive care unit. as we sit at dawn and moving forward today, we still have two sectors to clear, apartment complexes in them, we're hopeful we're going to find survivors in
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there. >> you have the weather you were hoping for yesterday and didn't get yesterday. yesterday was treacherous. for the rescuers. today you have a window. >> we do. made difficult yesterday some of the dogs that help sniff things out, it's difficult to work in the rain. but also we have weather coming this afternoon so we're trying to get a lot of work done this morning as we fan out across this entire field of devastation. >> you spent a lot of time touring around here. you haven't been up. about to go up in a helicopter in a little while. >> we'll take local officials up assuming the air stays stable, we'll get around and give the local officials an opportunity to look down on what the devastation field is. >> you've heard that the president is coming in. you spoke to the president this morning. >> i spoke to him yesterday morning, i spoke to him get this morning. he sent his -- once again they've said that they would do anything they could to help us recover and also hopes and prayers for the folks here. this is a significant tragedy, loss of life, pretty much everybody in joplin knows somebody who has been lost and with the numbers moving up this could be worse as the day goes on. >> what's your message out there to the government, the federal
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government, the help you need from them and what others can do for you? >> in the short run we want to finish the searchs. we think there are people who could be alive and save those. these first responders from around the state and nation have been helping us is important. secondly we want to hake sure the people injured have been safe. we have had to triage people because the hospital has been knocked over. we're going to recover and rebuild, but until we get the full searchs done and everybody back safe we're not focused on rebuilding until we can get the folks back and save. >> what's your status with national guard troops. >> we have about 300 troops in the area. we had a search and rescue team that's trained to go out and assist. mps to back up the local law enforcement to make sure we don't have any sort of problem with any crime activity. once again, missourians come together in difficult situations. we have those additional resources here. >> we're thankful for small blessings like a clear sky and sun right now. we probably have a few hours of window but you're going to use it well. >> it's a short window but we'll get up and the local officials
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managing this at the the local level get a chance to see the breadth of this and might give us additional targets where they came through during the rain that might have people in there still alive. >> how worried are you about this afternoon's forecast about even the possibility of another tornado in the region? >> clearly, when you're at a ground like this and see the most historic number of deaths in recent memory in our country you're always reminded. we've had other tornadoes and floods in missouri this spring so it's been a sobering and difficult spring for missouri, but we will rise like the plants do this year. >> governor nixon, we'll stay in touch with you. best of luck to the search and rescuers to get this job done. kiran and christine? >> all right. a lot of hope for the future, a lot of optimism and they're going to need it. >> sobering and difficult spring but we're going to come up like the plants do. a nice way to put it from the governor. >> people are relying heavily on sesocial networking. we talked about the difficulty with spotty phone service and it's proving to be vital in reconnecting people missing loved ones in the aftermath of
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the tornado. we'll give you an update on what sites are out there and also if you're looking to help, what you can do. >> also this morning, several reports that the former imf chief's dna was found on the maid's dress. the woman that he is accused of sexually assaulting, trying to rape. we're going to have more on this. also, the wife of the former imf chief, a french personality, with a popular blog, she has stopped that blog, she says, for obvious reasons for the time being. we'll have all the latest on the dsk case. it's 48 minutes after the hour.
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a lot going on. here are your headlines. breaking news, the death toll stands at 117. more extreme weather . thunderstorms and lightning complicate search and rescue in joplyn. 2000 hopes and buildings have been destroyed or damaged. 17 people rescued so far. hundreds more are feared trapped. >> new evidence in the case against the former imf chief. dominique strauss-kahn matches material found on the hotel maid's clothing, the woman he is accused of sexually assaulting. right now, he is out on bail.
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president obama on a state visit to london, the president and first lady getting a royal welcome from queen elizabeth at buckingham palace. later, he will meet with british prime minister, david cameron and tonight he will be guest of honor at a state dinner. worries over europe's debt problems yesterday. the dow plunged nearly 131 points. the nasdaq also fell. you are caught up on the day's headlines. american morning back after this break.
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our top story continues to be the tornado that tore apart
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joplyn, missouri. >> i can't film. i can't film. >> i got it, i got it. i got it. >> stop, stop, stop. >> look at that. look at the sky. look at the clouds. it is just chilling to see. it is the deadliest twister in the u.s. it measures three-quarters across. up to 198 miles an hour and more extreme weather including the chance of more tornado activity is in the forecast for the joplin area this afternoon. so far, 117 confirmed fatalities. look at this close view. >> oh, my gosh, oh, my gosh. there it is.
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there, it is. oh, gosh, that is a monster tornado. >> you see the debris and it flying around, very dangerous. >> they are thinking other funnel clouds disguised in the storm itself. we first showed you this video capturing the terror of about 20 people jammed into an industrial refrigerator inside of a joplyn convenience store when the tornado hit. >> the video is very dark. it is not the video that matters. listen to the people as they begin to pray as the twister grows louder around them. >> jesus, help me.
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>> jesus, jesus, jesus. in the end, they all survived it. they got out of the refrigerator and found the convenience store they were in decimated. social websites are beginning to play an important role in joplin. the first one is joplinmissouritornado recovery where people are going on to send wishes and prayers or volunteer from help. >> here is one from margaret, praise god. others saying alleluia!. others writing their own prayers. others pointing out that, yes, i found so-and-so or i am still looking for so-and-so. so they will be able to talk about where people are and connect them. >> another one is the survivor's
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page. please add to the missing. they are showing spreadsheets and websites. this one particularly got to me. they are looking for a child. has baby schuyler been found? the answer is still no. >> someone was posing another one about baby schuyler saying they must have a picture. next up an american red cross website called safeandwell.org. >> we heard the emergency manager saying, you have to let people know. you have to contact your loved one and also contact your authorities. you can list yourself as safe and well or search for registrants. we have seen in years past when there is a disaster, people put up signs at the post office and grocery store. this is the modern day version of sifting through to find someone. the missouri national guard page as well, they are giving you information on where you can contact -- where you can find
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out information about mobilization activities, where they are going in your area, where they are training in your area. this is proving to be pretty vital. >> also, what businesses are doing and how they are volunteering, ways you can help with your business if you are not looking for someone or you don't want to put yourself on because you are missing. this is one way to also help. >> there you go. a lot of people want to know how to help as well. this is our impact your world page at c in. we have put together a really good list they have, once you move it up there of all the organizations that are basically taking donations, where you can help tornado victims as well as many others. obviously, this is not the only natural disaster that is taking place right now. >> that's all you need to know for how to help online using social media for trying to help the victims and survivors. we will have the top stories right after your break. from capital one,anks td we get double miles on every purchase, so me and my lads earned a trip to san francisco twice as fast!
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stretch of destruction for more survivors. officials say more people may be trapped or found dead. they are not out of the woods yet. i am christine romans. less than two days after disaster struck, there could be more tornadoes today with joplin sitting squarely in the danger zone. i'm kiran chetry. hundreds of firefighters, police, and even volunteers are searching through the rubble for victims and more survivors. there is so much devastation, so much recovering to do that the missouri national guard is putting additional units on alert on this american morning. good morning, everybody. it is tuesday, may 24th. a lot to talk about today. this is the second sunrise for joplin, missouri. they are still trying to assess the damage. >> that's right. because yesterday's morning didn't really lend itself to a lot of favorable conditions when it came to searching. ali velshi is live in joplin,
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missouri. you were there yesterday when more severe weather went through and a lot of the search and rescue had to sort of be on hold. >> yep. i got here yesterday afternoon and it might as well have been nighttime. you couldn't see through the rain. it was heavy. it was thick. the destruction is so dense. i just want to give you some sense of it. it is a little hard to capture on tv. there is no foliage anywhere behind me. john is going to show you over there. there are trees. there are leaves. that's the line. that's the line that the tornado carved out. over here, there are no trees, stumps, branches, overturned and crushed cars. there are bits of houses all around me. i am standing on a foundation of a house. the house has been entirely ripped off the foundation. there is nothing left here except concrete and some wood that's fastened to it with nails and screws. this is the type of devastation we have seen but they just couldn't get to it yesterday. so the search and rescue
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continues today. 117 people confirmed dead. that was confirmed to me moments ago by governor jay nixon. it had been 116. he says, it is expected to climb higher. this makes it the deadliest tornado since they began recording fatalities from tornadoes in 1950. hundreds of firefighters, police and national guards are searching for survivors. 17 were already found alive. a national weather service says there is a chance of more to tornadic activity. 2000 buildings and homes have been damaged and destroyed. we are in the middle of it right now. tornado winds were clocked at up to 198 miles per hour. this twister was three-quarters of a mile wide. two search and rescue workers were hit by lightning yesterday.
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lightning activity was remarkable. one is recovering. the other is in intensive care. this is a problem. they had to pull people back. they are putting them all back into the mix. casey is with me right now. we have 117 dead. we have 17 who were pulled. there are two sectors that have not been searched. they are trying to get a helicopter up to search for them. what's likely to happen next? >> local emergency management officials tell us they are hoping the search and rescue is going to be complete by the end of today. the weather is going to be a problem later today. one of the key issues, there are still 1500 people in joplin, missouri, reported missing. it doesn't meep they are trapped in rubble or deceased. it may mean they left town and have gone to be with relatives. what they are expecting is going to be happening is that people are going to start coming back into this disaster area to see what's left of their homes. they weren't able to do that
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yesterday. as those people start coming in to survey the damage, they are going to be able to hopefully clear a lot of the 1500 people that are reported missing. that's one of their key priorities throughout the day. >> why don't they just call somebody. that's very difficult to do around here. >> absolutely. cell service has been spotty at best. there is no power. there is no land line phone service in many cases. there is nobody to call. when someone is trying to get out in the situation of a rapidly approaching tornado, they are not going to necessarily call all their relatives and let them know where they are and where they are going. they are just trying to beat the storm out of town. >> that's what the emergency management people have said here that if you are out of town, if you have left, please try and contact emergency management or the land line or your families and get that $1500 number reduced so they have a sense of who they are looking for. they have a couple of sectors. the governor and emergency
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management folks were optimistic that maybe people in the apartment building, people went into a basement or a shelter and might find them alive. >> it is hard to believe that they might find anybody alive. everybody we have spoken to say they believe they will do it. they are going to keep searching and let's hope it happens. >> it is ryu he markable. it is much clearer than yesterday. we didn't get this light shining on all this damage. it gets more remarkable with each hour as it gets brighter. christine and kiran? >> thanks, ali and casey as well. we hope they have that window of opportunity to get some good work done while the sunshines without the rain and lightning. >> rob marciano joins us now. they are saying there is a 45% chance. i would love for you to clarify that. of a tornado hitting in the same area, hitting joplin itself? >> not even that high. you have to remember that theed os of a point on the map getting
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hit by one tornado is pretty remote. to get hit by twice is pretty remote, especially two days later. so that's probably not going to happen. let me show you this map. it highlights how the storm prediction center warns us of a day that's going to be bad. everything that you see in orange is a slight risk of seeing severe the weather. that includes northeast as well. there could be severe thunderstorms that roll across there, mostly in the form of high winds and some hail and thunder and lightning and heavy downpours. the bull's eye is across what's traditionally tornado alley and that pink area you see is rated as high. that means probabilitywise, a 30% chance offer a tornado touching down within 25 miles of any one point. >> is joplin in that area. >> joplin is in the 10-15%. those numbers don't sound like a lot when you this i abonk about
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30% of rain. if you are anywhere near the tornado, the point is, these people, oklahoma city to tulsa, through wichita, there are going to be thunderstorms that produce extreme tornadoes that will be large and long lasting on the ground and there will be damage. the good news in this area, which is the traditional tornado alley area, a little more rural, a little more farmland. it is flatter. so you see them coming better as well. so hopefully today and tonight and through tomorrow, we will have a better outcome than two nights ago. >> here is the forecast with current radar with the severe thunderstorm watch that's in effect for parts of central kansas. that's the first piece of energy that's going to reignite the atmosphere this afternoon. slide the map off to the east and you will see another thunderstorm watch in effect for parts of the tennessee and ohio valleys have the that's the chunk that came through yesterday across the mississippi now heading towards the northeast as well. we do have a decent amount of warm air south of this front. that front, which normally would push through and we get clear
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weather for recovery efforts in a case like this, stalled. we are no the seeing that. we are seeing the unsettled weather, the heavy, heavy rain we saw yesterday and last night and now today the threat for seeing severe weather. high temperatures will be near 90 that will help juice the atmosphere. tomorrow, this all pushes off towards the east. they will have a break, i think, guys, in the next 8-10 hours where i think things will be relatively quiet in joplin. they will have to get the brunt of their work done today and try to go after anybody that may be surviving. tonight, i think regardless of whether a tornado touches down, they are going to see severe weather and a thunderstorm and gusty winds over 30 miles around will blow around the debris on the ground. that's going to be dangerous as well. a very bad situation in louisiana is getting worse this morning as well as flood waters continue to rise. they have mandatory evacuations
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in effect for residents of butte, larose. officials estimate that most of the 800 residents have already headed for higher ground there. >> also, traces of dna reportedly link the former head of the imf in a sexual assault case in a number of published reports this morning, dna from dominique strauss-kahn matches that on the clothing of a hotel maid. police are reportedly testing more dna found at the scene. he is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a new york hotel last weekend. right now, he is released on bail. more information about the air france plane that crashed into the atlantic in 2009. it looks like pilot error may have caused the horrific accident. according to findings, the pilots may have been distracted by a technical glitch and didn't monitor other technical systems. all 228 people on board died. they may be able to identify two bodies that have been recovered.
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nato is launching more than a dozen air strikes on the libyan capital early this morning. heavy smoke its blanketing tripoli. it targeted the compound for forces loyal to moammar gadhafi. this is one of the heaviest attacks since the nato missions began more than two months ago. at least three people are dead. more than 150 are injured in this latest round of heavy, heavy nato bombing. a cloud of volcanic ash causing chaos across parts of europe, at least for air travel. right now, it is drifting towards britain. flights have been canceled, hundreds of passengers stranded so far. we have new video coming in from the iceland volcano. the ash falling over towns an coasting cars, streets and towns in thick, black dust. >> the president had to cut short his trip by one night to ireland. president obama will travel to
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job lyn joplin shall missouri on sunday. this morning, he is in london for a state visit. the first couple were formally greeted by the queen and prince philip and met privately with the newly minted duke and dutchess of cambridge, will and kate. he will be toasted at an official state dinner. benjamin netanyahu is set to speak to the u.s. congress and share his vision of settling the israeli/palestinian conflict. it comes a day after he criticized president obama's plan in a speech to the american israel public affairs committee. he said that the country will not return to the borders it had before 1967 calling them indefensible. you can catch the speech right here on cnn at 10:45 eastern time. a race to find survivors. we are going to be speaking with jasper county sheriff, archie
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♪ well, you know i love it too ♪ ♪ i work so hard at my job ♪ and then i bring it home to you ♪ ♪ i love money in my pocket i'm standing really right in the midst of the destruction here in japoplin, missouri. there are signs of hope. 17 people have been rescued from these mountains of debris that
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killed 117 people. the search for survivors goes on. it is going strong actually this morning because the sun is up. the weather has not cooperated until this morning, last night and yesterday. it was raining. there was lightning. two officers were struck by lightning. one remains in intensive care. the other one is recovering. archie dunn is the sheriff of gas p jasper county. he joins me now. given your sense of where things stand this morning. >> things are going full speed. it has been slow because of the amount of damage, the extent of it. a lot of people here volunteering. the weather has not cooperated. hopefully today, we will have one good full day to continue with the search and rescue. >> reporter: sheriff dunn, you have been in this business for almost 40 years. give me a sense of what you make. >> i have seen a lot of bad things, this kind of destruction but nothing of this magnitude. this is unreal. >> reporter: you say you have had a lot of people coming in and volunteering to help out.
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are they able to help? >> there are a lot of people who haven't been able to help. they want to. there is just no place to send them. it has to be somewhat organized. we have had emergency workers were all over different states, law enforcement. it has really been great. >> give me some sense of the hazards of searching through this. we are in an area where it is just destruction as far as the eye can see. houses flattened, cars crumbled. what has to happen? what does the search and rescue entail? >> it has to be slow and methodical. if you start to walk across there, you could be injured yourself. there are planks and nails sticking up, simple injuries. >> you have to do everything complete as you go so someone doesn't have to come behind you and do it again. it is very slow. >> there are other things that your deputies are involved in around the city. it is actually a farrell populated area. it looks rural on a map but it is very populated. you have issues with traffic and people coming in closing roads off. so how is that coming along? >> we are working with the city and the state.
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we are assisting all local departments. we are doing security, patrol, helping at the testimony pour rather morgue. >> reporter: the issue is that this is an area where about 50,000 people sleep and a lot more come in to work. >> maybe a quarter of a million people during the daytime normally. >> reporter: you are trying to see how that gets back to normal. there is a sense that you have about 6-8 hours of good weather before more danger. how are you preparing for the possibility of more tornadoes? >> that's going to be a problem. if you were here and a tornado comes through, you have no place to go. no place to hide now. that is a problem we have to think about and all the workers need to be aware of that and watch the weather closely. >> reporter: sheriff, continued good work to you and your deputies have the thanks very much for being with us. we will keep on top of that you are doing. sheriff archie dunn. to find out how you can help, go
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♪ 27 minutes past the hour right now. the president certainly has a busy schedule. he is visiting joplin, missouri,
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on sunday after he returns from his european trip. he wants to witness the tornado destruction himself and lend his support. this morning, he is in london and certainly getting the royal treatment there. >> the president and first lady were met by the queen at buckingham palace gardens, also known as the queen's backyard. we also know that they met with will and kate, the duke and dutchess of cambridge. that's right, ed. >> reporter: that's right. just back from the royal honeymoon, they did get a chance to meet with them privately. they were not -- will and kate did not actually come out for this formal ceremony. the president is only the third u.s. president in 100 years to have this kind of a state visit. all that pomp and circumstance, there were two different gun salutes. one, a 41 gun salute. normally, it only has 21 guns. they added 20 more. there was a 62-gun salute at the tower of london so the rest of the city could drink in some of this pagentry, if you will.
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after this, the president right now is heading into a lunch with her imaginmajesty, the queen. beyond the pomp and circumstance, he will be sitting down with prime minister, david cameron. there is a heavy agenda. they have a lot of issues on the world stage starting with libya, they are working on together, the war in afghanistan and the global economic crisis ongoing. both men trying to show that they are serious about cutting budget deficits in their countries to try to instill some confidence in world markets. then, the president is going to be coming back for a lavish steak dinner that the queen is going to be holding for the first couple. no detail is too small. one royals' expert tells us that they actually here at buckingham palace take out a tape measure to measure how far apart the wine glasses are so they get every last detail right. >> of course. the precision, that's what it is
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all about. are the obamas going to be sleeping at the palace tonight? >> reporter: yes. it is pretty fascinating. over 700 rooms here, over 50 bedrooms. so they will have their selection of several rooms, we are told, a suite, basically. it is interesting, because last night, the obamas came into town a little bit early because of the volcanic ash from iceland. they wanted to leave ireland because air force one could have been grounded. so they arrived a little early. this is not a motel 6. they don't leave the light on for you. it is not like you drop in a little bit early. they ended up staying at the u.s. ambassador's residence. after the steak dinner, they will be here for two nights. >> can you imagine that call? the president and his wife are going to be there. check for the pillow. >> turn downs. >> reporter: can you check with the queen? can they drop in on the queen? >> ed, certainly, mixing a
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little bit of business with measure on their trip there. thanks so much. we are going to update you on our top stories. nato war planes are stepping up air strikes in libya. in an overnight assault, more than a dozen bombs dropped on tripoli. they say they were targeting a compound with forces loyal to moammar gadhafi. it is dubbed the heaviest attack since the may toe missions began more than two months ago. at least three people killed and hundreds of others injured. the operator of japan's fukushi fukushi fukushima daishi planned confirmed. they are making assessments and finding out about it now. severe weather and the threat of more tornadoes complicating rescue efforts in joplin, missouri this morning. the number of dead now at 117 making sunday's tornado the single deadliest on record in the u.s.
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officials fear that that number could rise. let's take a look at the radar. the national weather service says there is a chance of more tornado activity in the midwest. they are considering joplin still part of the danger zone beginning at 4:00 in the afternoon. >> that means ali velshi, rescue efforts are franticly underway because they want to beat this bad weather after terrible weather yesterday. >> reporter: they have a window of 7 or 8 hours to get this done. we have heard from barbara starr, confirmed from the military there are about 30 more military police have been added to the area, bringing the national guard contingent to about 217. they are staffing checkpoints, because now, with the weather having improved, people are going to want to come back and see. these are all homes. everything around me were homes. you can't see any of them anymore. they are gone. people are going to want to come by and check. it is still unsafe. they also have certain areas
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that the rescuers haven't gone through. they have added some national guard. the search continues. they want to get it done over the course of the next few hours. we did get confirmation from governor, jay nixon, about an hour ago. the death toll has increased by one to 117. there are two sectors that haven't been checked yet. they are hoping both to find some survivors there. they are also expecting that the death toll will increase. two of the rescuers were hit by lightning yesterday. remarkable lightning in the area yesterday. one of them has recovered. the other one still in intensive care. in terms of success stories. 17 people were found alive, according to city officials. again, they are hoping for more of that today. there are at least 14,000 people without power in joplin. before the sun came up, the only light for miles were the lights of the news trucks. as you both alluded to, tornadoes are possible today, later on in joplin or other
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cities in the central united states. a lot of uncertainty. a lot of very, very hard work going on right now to try and wrap up the search and rescue effort. christine, kiran? >> thanks, ali. we talked earlier about this family with their little 21-month-old baby, so frightening to think of them huddled around the toilet holding on to dear life. >> they did the right thing. they wept right to the bathroom. when you had a chance to talk to them, they count their blessings, we have each other and nobody is hurt. the type of cleanup, the type of rebuilding that lies ahead is certainly terrifying. bronson said he heard the sirens and the twister. they huddled in the bathroom shielding their 21-month-old from the deadly winds. a few minutes later, it was over. let's listen to what he said. >> sky, that's all that was left. i begged him not to open the door. i was afraid it wasn't over. it was -- all you saw for
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blocks. >> reporter: you are over there. you are about a mile and a half away and you can see us from there now. that wasn't the case? >> we can see further than here. you can see it clear across town it seems like. it goes on forever. >> that was zach's fiancee, rachel. >> they said that he seems to be getting through this pretty well. he knows that something devastating happened. >> the little guy was screaming through the whole thing. you can imagine how terrifying it was to see the parents so upset. the dad looked up and could see through the vent in the roof of the bathroom, sky. whether she opened the door, she didn't want him to open the door, she was so afraid it was still happening but they survived. we see a fingerprint of tornadoes as sometimes it is just one little room of the house that's left standing. >> they tell you if you cannot get underground, if you cannot get below the surface of the earth, the bathroom is a good
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place to go. it worked out for them. still ahead, colleen boyle joins us live on a new study on the rise of behavioral disorders from adhd or autism. are we catching it more or are they reporting it more or truly are more children suffering? we are going to talk about it coming up. 36 minutes past the hour.
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boyle from the cdc's center on birth defects and the lead author of this new cdc study. >> welcome. >> thank you. >> to get some of the numbers out there, they say what we have seen is that 1 in 6 children has some developmental disbelieve. these are numbers from 2006 to 2008. we have seen an increase, a 17% increase in prevalence over a 12-year period. how significant is that according to your study? >> developmental disabilities are very important problems. i think this study points that out. as you mentioned, there is 1 in 6 clihildren in the u.s. that he these developmental disbeliev . disabilities. it doesn't sound like a lot but it translates into 1.8 million more children with developments disabilities. >> some people ask, does it just mean that we are looking for
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more problems? developmental disabilities or is there more awareness on the part of parents or pediatricians or are more children being born with developmental disorders? >> i think, kiran, you have touched on a number of the different factors that are relating to the potential increase here. obviously, we know that there is a broadening of diagnostic criteria for some of the developmental disabilities. obviously, autism and adhd are two of those in which those criteria have expanded or broadened over time. there is better awareness among parents and providers, health care providers, educators. one of the reasons for that is that we know that early interventions, particularly for autism as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is important. it does make a difference in terms of the long-term outcome
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for children. a couple of questions. first of all, would kids outgrow, the majority of kids outgrow, not severe autism but some of the other development disorders, eventually would they outgrow them and not necessarily targeted treatment? >> for some children, clearly, there will be improvement over times that the need for services may diminish as the child gets older. a lot of this, we don't know. so i think we need to continue to do longitudinal studies to better understand the impact of these conditions on children and their families over time. >> it also raises the time in practicality, are there enough people trained in this early intervention to help kids out early, get it solved, let these kids go on the road to future success and with all the newary ryu, will this be funded? will there be money to pay for
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trying to help these kids? >> that's a very, very important point. we need to have more early educators, folks that are actually able to train and intervene with children. children are our future. we need to be able to invest in them. we do know that early intervention makes a difference with children with all of the conditions we included in this study. the other thing we know, we need to continue to invest in research related to understanding why these conditions happen in the first place. >> there is a lot of -- there are a lot of theorys out there. obviously, parents are concern. there are questions about the anyone at which people -- waiting longer to have children. does that have an impact? our environment, toxins, chemicals. i no he that you can't just point to one thing. but there are a lot of parents who are very worried about it. >> understandably. there is work that's ongoing.
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there obviously could be more work done, particularly in the area of autism, trying to understand risk factors, biologic and other risk factors that might be contributing to the increase in higher prevalence of autism. i want to point out the other developmental disabilities, one very note worthy thing was that there was no decline in any of the conditions over time. so i think we do need to invest more to understand why these conditions occur in the first place and that we can hopefully prevent them. >> absolutely. well, you have a good study on it that i encourage people to read some briefs about. dr. coleen boyle, director at cdc on the national center on birth defects and developmental disabilities. thanks for being with us this morning. back to joplin, missouri. severe weather returns to that region. rob marciano is going to walk us through what the maps are telling us about the tornado and thunderstorm activity is
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back to our top story this morning at 49 minutes past the hour. the tornado that tore apart job lyn joplin, missouri, killing 117 people. >> i got it, i got it, i got it. >> stop, stop, stop. >> i got it on video. i did. >> that's it, the single deadliest twister ever recorded in the united states caught on tape there. according to the national oceanic atmospheric
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administration, it measured three-quarters of a mile across, flattening a six-mile stretch of joplin. at times, wind speeds hitting 198 miles an hour. more extreme weather including the chance of tornado activity in the forecast for joplin. so far, there are 117 confirmed fatalities in joplin. that number is expected to rice as search and rescue teams reach more flattened building. a close-up view of the tornado as it was forming on sunday. courtesy of the storm-chasing team at tornado video.com. >> oh, my gosh. there it is. there it is. oh, gosh, that is a monster tornado. >> we first showed you this video yesterday capturing the terror of 20 people jammed into an industrial refrigerator inside of a convenience store when it hit. >> the video is very dark. what's remarkable are the sounds. listen carefully to the people
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as they begin to pray as the twister grows louder around them. >> oh, jesus, help me. jesus, jesus! jesus, jesus! an industrial cooler, walking into the cooler at a convenience store or hugging the toilet or getting in with pillows into the tub, this is how people are telling their stories of survival. >> that was a split-second decision by the part of the ireporter that send us that, isaac. they just thought, let's just get in here. they crammed in. they had no idea. he said he really thought he was going to die. it shows you the scale and scope of this, rob marciano is here
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this morning. you talked about top speeds of 198 miles per hour. they are now saying there could have been other vortexes within the tornado responsible for this damage. >> we call it a multi-vortex tornado. sometimes they are hard to see and sometimes they are incompetent visible. it is what makes the damage path wide so often. certainly, we hope not to see that again tonight. there is a good chance of seeing tornadoes, not just tornadoes but damaging long-lasting tornadoes across parts of the plains this afternoon and tonight. not things they want to hear. here is a forecast from the storms prediction center out of oklahoma. the orange which stretches all wait to the northeast indicates a slight chance of seeing severe thunderstorms. most of that area, thunder, lightning, hail, when we zoom into the plains rn the orange area, brighter orange area, indicates moderate risk of seeing severe weather,
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potentially thunderstorms that could produce severe weather. that includes parts of southwest missouri. the pink area indicates a high re risk. it means there is a 30% chance of a tornado touching down within a 25-mile radius at any one point. a lot of statistics. basically, there is going to be tornadoes in this area, just a matter of exactly where. we already have thunderstorms that are popping up. here is the radar. watch out for central kansas, the precursor of the big event. this will set up the atmosphere for more energy coming out of the colorado rockies. as the day and time heats up the ground. a little bit further off to the east. this is the other piece of energy that is out ahead of this system. a thunderstorm watch out for parts of tennessee and kentucky. this will be pushing towards the i-95 corridor as the max daytime heating cranks up. that's why we think we will see rough thunderstorms across the
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i-95 corridor. as far as tomorrow, a risk for the whole system pushing off to the east. across the mid mississippi river valleys is where we expect a moderate risk. nothing to sneed at. tom tomorrow will be a rough day once this pushes across joplin. i have an interesting graphic. i want to put some context on how trpds act. what you are looking at is the number of tornado fatalities there in the pink. the black line is the moving average over the past century. we are moving down because of advances in doppler radar. the last nine in the pink, the number of fatalities, 480 people. no explanation for that. la nina has something to do with it, a more turbulent jetstream that's going on. it has been a horrible year as far as fatalities and things
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striking. we were talking about tornadoes and snowstorms and all of the flooding, everything we have seen this year. it has been a really rough year. they are sort of digging in and trying to get it done. >> as we look ahead unfortunately to hurricane season, hopefully, it will be a quiet one. >> we will try for that one. >> rob, thanks so much. >> 54 minutes after the hour. ♪ [ male announcer ] in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible. yoo-hoo. hello.
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i want everybody in joplin, everybody in missouri, everybody across the midwest to know we are here for you. the american people are by your side. we are going to stay there until every home is repaired, until every neighborhood is rebuilt, until every business is back on its feet. that's my commitment. that's the american people's commitment. >> reporter: president obama in london today announcing that heel come here to joplin, missouri, on sunday. the sun is shining here in
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joplin, something that hasn't happened since this tornado hit on sunday afternoon. that means crews are back out there searching the rubble. they have a bit of a reprieve. they have some good weather, only a few hours of it. right now, we know that 117 people were killed by this tornado, making it the worst since they began measuring the number of people dying in tornadoes. 17 people were found alive. two sectors in this city remain to be searched. they are expecting the number of fatalities to incompetent crease. they are hoping, they are hoping that there are survivors there. meanwhile, residents have started returning. they are taking a look at their properties, their damaged properties. they have increased the number of national guardsmen and sheriff's deputies monitoring intersections, because it is not safe for some people to come back. people really want to see what they are coming home to. i have to tell you, if you look around me, there is not much here at all. there are 1500 people still unaccounted for. the sheriffs are clear that doesn't mean they are missing or in harm's way.

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